September was a good month for retailers, all things considered, but October may have reversed that trend according to two new data points.
The first was from Limited Brands. The company raised its third-quarter earnings guidance, but cut its projection for October same-store sales. Zacks Equity Research discusses the revised outlook on our Analyst Blog.
Read: Limited's Mixed Outlook
The second, and more shocking, was the Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index. The index fell to 47.7, driven down by the lowest Present Situation Index in 26 years. Simply put, consumers are increasingly worried about the labor market.
Dirk van Dijk explains what else the report said about the state of the consumer.
Read: Consumer Confidence Crumbles
Though neither report is comforting, it is important to realize that the economy is slowly improving. It will take time to for the U.S. to recover, but the recovery will continue to provide you with profitable trading opportunities.
Wishing you prosperity,
Charles Rotblut, CFA
Senior Market Analyst & Editor,
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